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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 4, 2007) – With a vision to enhance education through the arts, UCM announces the transfer of its Performing Arts Series to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
A memorandum of understanding officially initiating the transfer was signed Nov. 27 by members of the university administration and the college. The transfer was effective upon the signing of the MOU. PAS was previously under the direction of the university’s Advancement Division, bringing to campus a wide array of programs in areas such as dance, music, and theatre.
“We appreciate the fine work of those in Advancement who provided oversight and nurtured the Performing Arts Series over the years,” said President Aaron Podolefsky. “As we ramp up our development efforts, this gives us an opportunity to create new synergies and opportunities for students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. It will allow us to take our performing arts to a new level.”
According to the MOU, the series is a natural fit within the college. The mission and goals are consistent with those of CAHSS, and it will complement the fine and performing arts activities that currently exist within CAHSS.
“The Performing Arts Series will now be integrated into the academic programs. Faculty, staff, students and administrators and the entire university will feel the impact of the convergence of external artists and internal scholars and artists as this promises to be a renaissance of artistic activities at UCM,” said Gersham Nelson, dean of the CAHSS.
As noted in the MOU, cultural and artistic activities to be showcased each season will seek to attract a broad cross section of the community, while also introducing audiences to a wide and varied range of performances and exhibits, combining at times both learning and entertainment. The programs that are PAS staples – dance, music and theatre – will be complemented by art exhibits, poetry reading, and workshops for K-12 partners and UCM students. The series will also have an opportunity to attract artists in residence who can inspire students and the community. CAHSS will also develop a proposal for students to have more ready access to all campus fine and performing arts activities.
With the transfer of the series, Larry Cowan, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the UCM Foundation, said Michelle Schubert, who currently serves as PAS manager, will fill a need for an additional development officer in the College of Education. She will assume those duties upon the hiring of a new series manager by CAHSS in January 2008. Schubert, who has reported to Dale Carder, associate vice president for university advancement, will work closely with the PAS manager to help ensure the transfer is successfully completed by April 1. The final performance of the 2007-2008 PAS season is March 20.
“I want to thank Michelle and Dale for their hard work and commitment to bringing to campus exceptional programs that have been enjoyed by the university family and its friends, and for helping to make UCM a regional hub for the performing arts. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, understanding that this series will continue to play a vital role in community outreach,” Cowan said. “University Advancement looks forward to assisting the college to help make this a seamless and successful transition.”
PAS developed a team of volunteers who have performed various activities in support of the program. CAHSS will continue to work with those supporters, and develop new partnerships at all levels to help ensure a balance between entertainment and a deeper cultural experience. They will also help ensure the strength and vitality of the series, according to the MOU.